It is an essential liberty to have freedom from surveillance and everyonbe has a right to privacy. Whilst CCTV is useful after the event in tracing criminals, the amount fo cameras has not seen a proportional rise in the numbers of crimes solved.
The amount of CCTV cameras in the UK is staggering. Many are set up without the consultation of those being monitored and the figures show that they neither prevent or help prevent crime. Many cover provtae homes (mine included) and are a waste of money.
I propose that a fee should be paid for each camera and a yearly subscription paid also. As part of this, camera operators should eb required to put footage they have ganered into a public database, accessible by the public. This will create money for HMT and help reduce the deficit whislt discouraging wanton proliferation of cameras.